There's bad news for passengers after talks to resolve the Bus Eireann dispute broke down without a deal.
The company says agreement was reached on eliminating many work practise inefficiencies, but their offer aimed at addressing financial viability was rejected by the driver grade within the unions.
The NBRU has issued a statement saying unions were prepared to contibute upwards of €18 million towards the savings needed at the company.
However General Secretary Dermot O'Leary says it appears to them that 'other agencies that were not party to the discussions at the WRC have been applying undue influence on the proceedings, restricting the ability of Bus Éireann to actually reach agreement'.
He's also alleged 'there are forces at play here which would prefer to see the demise of Bus Éireann, rather than concentrate on securing its future'.
The dispute is now being referred to the Labour Court.
Bus Eireann statement:
After 16 days of intensive negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission, talks have broken down without agreement. The unions have now referred a number of issues to the Labour Court and the company have agreed to attend. The company have sought an early hearing given the urgency of the financial situation.
While progress was made and agreement was reached to eliminate many work practise inefficiencies, an offer made by the company that would help to deliver financial viability was rejected by the Trade Unions representing the driver grade.
We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused as a result of the ongoing industrial action.
Bus Éireann would like to sincerely thank the Workplace Relations Commission for facilitating talks and assisting the company through this process.